News of the year 2014

Date: 25.07.2014


Shin-Etsu Chemical wants to license bifacial mono solar cell technology

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

Japanese electronics materials firm, Shin-Etsu Chemical, is offering to license its production-ready bifacial monocrystalline solar cell technology that is claimed to have the highest conversion efficiency of 21% for conventional screen-printing processes. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

German Utilities Paid to Stabilize Grid Due to Increased Wind and Solar

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 18:12 (Renewable Energy World)

Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country’s electricity grid. Read more

US adds further heavy duties to solar panels made in China; Taiwan hit hard

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 18:07 (PV-Tech)

The US Department of Commerce (DoC) has announced preliminary antidumping duties of up to 165% on panels partially manufactured in China. Read more

What Happens to Solar Panel Pricing after the WTO Ruling?

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 17:12 (Renewable Energy World)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) issued a panel report to its members on a dispute between China and the United States involving solar panels and sixteen other products. Recent reports delcared the U.S. countervailing duties “illegal” as a result of the ruling, which may be a misleading summary of what actually occur Read more

Solar Software Tools Slashing Soft Costs

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 17:04 (Renewable Energy World)

It’s estimated installers spend up to $3,000 to acquire each new customer. This high price of customer acquisition is one of the many so called “soft costs” that increase the price of solar and reduce installer margins. Every step along the road to a signed contract has inefficiencies, which is spurring new software solutions to help installers increase their sales volume and close deals faster. Read more

65MW Uruguay project reaches financial close

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 15:13 (PV-Tech)

A project to build 65MW of solar power generation in Uruguay has successfully reached financial close. Read more

Hareon Solar signs 600MW DG project agreement with Xingtai City, China

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 15:09 (PV-Tech)

China-based PVEP, Hareon Solar Technology Co has entered into a framework agreement with officials of Xingtai City, Hebei province, China to develop 600MW of distributed generation (DG) rooftop projects at a cost of 6 billion yuan (US$968.9 million). Read more

SolarCity confirms US$201.5 million securitisation

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 15:07 (PV-Tech)

SolarCity has confirmed details of a new US$201.5 million financing round secured against the revenues from a pool of smaller PV systems. Read more

Saft to supply battery system for 12MW Hawaii PV plant

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 15:00 (PV-Tech)

French battery manufacturer, Saft, has been awarded a contract to supply a lithium-ion battery system for use in a 12MW solar plant being built in Hawaii. Read more

Plans emerge for CfD-funded 49MW solar farm in Wales

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 14:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The Solar Building Company (SBC) and Mere Environmental have revealed plans to install a 49MW solar farm in Anglesey. Read more

Solar Frontier to build 13MW PV plant near Japanese heritage town

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 13:06 (PV-Tech)

Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier is to build a 13MW PV plant close to the historic town of Hiraizumi. Read more

Solar Frontier to build 13 MW PV plant for World Heritage Town Hiraizumi, Japan

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 11:21 (Solarserver)

Solar Frontier KK (Tokyo,Japan) and the town of Hiraizumi have agreed to build a 13 MW CIS utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. Through this PV project, Solar Frontier and Hiraizumi are promoting the development of renewable energy in support of historical sites and urban development. Hiraizumi, located in Iwate Prefecture in north-eastern Japan, achieved UNESCO world heritage status in June 2011 for its historical temples, gardens and archaeological sites. The new PV plant will be located in Kagonezawa District of Hiraizumi on 35.8 hectares of land designated for commercial use. Read more

Solar PV in Australia: CBD Energy finalizes commercial PV contracts totaling AUD 1.3 million

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 11:12 (Solarserver)

CBD Energy Limited (Sydney, Australia) on July 24th, 2014 announced that its Westinghouse Solar subsidiary has finalized binding contracts for commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Australia totaling AUD 1.3 million. Additionally its bid pipeline has grown to AUD 14.5 million, the company emphasizes. This reflects the increasing price of energy in the Australian market which makes the Westinghouse Solar’s range of products and services competitive with fossil fuel generation, reads the press release. Read more

EnergyTrend: Effects of US-China solar trade war to emerge in 2015; High inventory will delay price recovery

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 7:34 (Solarserver)

PV manufacturers are now anticipating the preliminary verdict on US-China solar photovoltaic (PV) product dumping announcement by the end of July. Prices within the PV supply chain continue to drop due to low season and weak demand in China and Japan, TrendForce's (Taipei, Taiwan) EnergyTrend division reports. Among all, Taiwan’s solar cell prices have declined significantly. Read more

REC Solar ASA publishes Q2 2014 results: Solid revenues, increased PV module production

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 7:25 (Solarserver)

In Q2 2014, REC Solar ASA (Sandvika, Norway), a leading global provider of solar energy system solutions and solar photovoltaic (PV) Modules, increased revenues to USD 175.8 million, up 0.2% from USD 175.4 million in Q1 2014. A reduction in PV module business revenue was offset by an increase in System business revenue, the company announces. "REC's second quarter of 2014 was characterized by high sales volumes in Europe, softer market conditions in Japan and sales pipeline building up in the US market,” comments Martin Cooper, CEO of REC Solar ASA. Read more

SunEdison partners with Community Energy on Colorado's largest solar PV plant

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 7:18 (Solarserver)

SunEdison, Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.), on July 24th, 2014 announced its acquisition of the 156 megawatt (MW) Comanche Solar photovoltaic (PV) project from renewable energy developer Community Energy (Radnor, PA) SunEdison is partnering with Community Energy to complete the final development stage of the PV project by structuring the financing and providing procurement expertise for the project, following which SunEdison will manage the construction, operation, and maintenance of the solar photovoltaic power plant. Read more


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Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Geothermal Visual: US DOE Announces FORGE Program for EGS Development

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 18:35 (Renewable Energy World)

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Orix Plans to Build as Many as 15 Small-scale Geothermal Plants in Japan

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 12:12 (Renewable Energy World)

Orix Corp., a Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, plans to build as many as 15 geothermal power stations in Japan in the next five years. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Labour demands inquiry over Green Deal fund closure

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 13:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Labour is calling for an investigation into the handling of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which was closed without notice on Thursday evening. Read more

SunEdison acquires 156MW ‘natural gas-competitive’ PV plant in Colorado

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

PV energy provider, SunEdison, has acquired a 156MW solar power plant in the US state of Colorado. Read more

As US Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Focused on States and Cities

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 12:07 (Renewable Energy World)

Clean Edge’s recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others. As has been the case in recent years — even with encouraging national-level initiatives from the Obama administration — states and cities continue to be where most of the action is. Read more

DECC closes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with immediate effect

Friday, 7.25.2014 - 9:00 (Solarpowerportal)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has closed applications for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund due to “overwhelming public demand”. Read more


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